It's safe to say that race in America right now is the dividing issue between the two parties. One party is fine with Trump and his racism, the other party vehemently opposes him according to a new CBS/YouGov poll out this weekend.
Today, 58 percent of Americans disapprove of Mr. Trump's handling of race relations and racial issues, but these views – like many others on the president – are dramatically split by partisanship and by race.
Eighty-two percent of blacks disapprove and 73 percent of Hispanics disapprove. Whites are evenly split (49 percent approve, 51 percent disapprove) and views among them fall along party lines.
Americans are divided on how they read the president's intentions on matters of race. Forty-five percent of Americans feel the president tries to treat whites and racial minorities the same, including eight in 10 Republicans who describe his intentions that way. But 51 percent of Americans feel the president tries to put the interests of whites over racial minorities – including more than eight in 10 Democrats who feel this way.
Understand that a majority of Americans believe Trump champions white nationalism, and that this is the intent of his policies and actions. White voters are split on this of course.
Seventy-three percent of African-Americans feel the president tries to put the interests of whites ahead of minorities, and 58 percent of Hispanics feel the president tries to put whites ahead of minority groups.
Americans who think the president tries to put the interests of whites ahead of minorities overwhelmingly say they disapprove of this.
Views on how the president handles race are connected to overall views of him, particularly for his political opponents. Six in 10 Democrats say the way that the way the president handles race relations matters a lot in their overall opinion of him, and they give him low marks overall. Republicans report little connection: only 18 percent of Republicans say the way that the president handles race relations matters a lot to how they evaluate him.
And this is really the key. Fewer than one in five Republicans think Trump's handling of race matters. They are okay with it.